Air Force ROTC is a college program that prepares you for a career as an Officer in the Air Force. It's a challenge. It's an opportunity. It's a head-start to a lifetime of success.
The General Military Course (GMC) is taken during your first two years in the ROTC program. For non-scholarship cadets, there is no post-college service commitment during these first two years. During the GMC years, you will attend both an Introduction to the Air Force and History of U.S. Airpower class, each worth 1 credit hour. Students who complete the GMC progress into the second half of the program, the Professional Officer Course (POC). Prior to entry into the POC, students must complete a 2-week summer encampment called Field Training, which will occur between your second and third year in ROTC. Both GMC and POC participate in a Leadership Laboratory once a week with POC playing a more active role in coordinating unit activities. Cadets will also participate in physical training twice a week.
Field Training is a 13 day encampment that is required of all cadets after completing the AS 200 year in AFROTC. Held at Maxwell AFB, AL, Field Training challenges cadets physically and mentally while providing unforgettable leadership training and experience. This is the only required summer activity for cadets.
After earning a degree and completing all required AFROTC requirements, cadets are commissioned into the United States Air Force as Second Lieutenants. The total military service obligation is 8 years - all graduates are called to active duty for 4 years and are subject to recall for an additional 4 years as in-active reservists. Officers who attend additional training, including pilot training, incur different lengths of commitment. Initially enrolling in an AFROTC class carries no obligation.
Pay and Benefits
Upon commissioning into the Air Force, you will have a job in a position equivalent to civilian upper management! The benefits include:
- A military commission (requires college degree and completion of AFROTC requirements)
- Appointment by the President of the United States
- The possibility of world travel
- Tax-free Housing and Subsistence allowance each month in addition to base pay
- You will also receive 30 days of vacation plus government holidays